Drug dealer arrested

The kingpin of a drug manufacturing unit in Punjab has been arrested with narcotic drugs and weapons at Dwarka in south-west Delhi, police said on Friday.

Ranjit Singh Kandola, who hails from Punjab’s Nawanshahr district, was held on August 11.

Punjab Police unearthed a narcotics drug manufacturing unit at Jalandhar in June and recovered about 50 kgs of ephedrine and methametaphine. But kingpin Ranjit had managed to escape. Punjab Police had later sought help from Delhi Police in apprehending him, said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell).

On last Saturday, Ranjit and Sukhjinder Singh were apprehended with drugs and weapons. A case has been registered. Ranjit told police that he met Kulwinder Singh Maan, a passport agent from Punjab, and got involved in sending people abroad.

He and Kulwinder were apprehended at Harare Airport while taking 15 illegal immigrants to Zimbabwe in 2002. In jail, Ranjit came in contact with Johan Milan, who expressed his interest in drug trafficking in India.

Johan came to India and set up a methametaphine manufacturing unit at Kartarpur in Jalandhar. “But this drug manufacturing unit was busted by Punjab Police in June,” Yadav added.

From Ranjit’s hideout in Gurgaon, a small scale methametaphine manufacturing unit, a 0.32 calibre semi-automatic pistol and five live cartridges were also recovered.

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